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Prairie Remnant in Wichita

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KNPS Events Calendar listings accepted for native plant related events such as:

– Plant identification walks

 – Educational events

 – Work days

  – Native plant sales

  – Seed collection events

 – In-person and online presentations

 

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Events Calendar:

Scott County - Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Little Jerusalem Wildflower Excursion Day! 4th Annual!!

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024

Contact: Sara Kay Carrell sarakay.carrell@ks.gov

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register: Please email Sara Kay at sarakay.carrell@ks.gov

Space will be limited to about 30-35 adventurous wildflower seekers!!!

Fee: The wildflower excursion and off trail adventure itself is free. But please remember that it is still necessary to have an annual KS State Park vehicle pass or a daily vehicle pass!! Daily vehicle passes can be purchased at the self pay station for $5 (cash or check or credit card if the machine is working!)

Bring your flower books, adventurous spirits, and your wildflower ID skills! Plan to wear clothing appropriate for walking about in the grass and brush and on uneven terrains.  Bring a snack to have in the parking lot on the tailgates and picnic tables!!!

Tis the season for the ticks and chiggers, so bring your preferred insect repellent!

We will explore the trails and we will explore off the trail. DO NOT go off the trail unless you are in the group with the State Park Naturalist!

After the Little Jerusalem excursion, if time and energy remains, there might be some exploration time for wildflowers at Historic Lake Scott. Explore with caution at Lake Scott, as poison ivy is abundant in many areas. The hiking trail at Lake Scott is the safest place to explore for Lake Scott wildflowers. 

Please remember that an annual vehicle pass or a daily vehicle pass are necessary to enter the park. There is a SELF PAY station available at LJBSP. Cash or check only. No change is available. If you do not have an annual pass, the daily vehicle fee is $5.00 per vehicle. Day passes are valid at both parks if you choose to adventure to Lake Scott!

**Hikes will be cancelled by inclement weather!** If it is snowing, blizzarding, freezing rain, raining, lightning, or any other unsafe weather brought on by Mother Nature, all activities will be canceled at Little Jerusalem. Scott City and Oakley are the closest towns to search for weather on National Weather Service. Please call the Historic Lake Scott office for the latest update on weather cancellations, 620-872-2061

Meet: The Ramada Overlook at Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Link to Event Flyer

Douglas County - Kansas Land Trust - Seed Collection at Guess Prairie

Sponsor:  Kansas Land Trust

Seed Team: Seed Collection at Guess Prairie

Date: Tuesday, May 28 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Join the Seed Team for a spring seed collection event at Guess Prairie! The Seed Team’s mission is to aid in ecosystem restoration through collaborative seed collection, protecting and sharing the genetic diversity of the remaining 1% of native prairie in Douglas County. All are welcome at Seed Team events, and leaders will be present to guide the seed collection process. Read more about the Seed Team.

This event is a perfect way to experience the beauty of the spring prairie in Douglas County!

Event is free. Use this link to Register for event.

Manhattan - Konza Prairie Wildflower Walk

Sponsors:  Friends of the Konza Prairie and Konza Prairie Biological Station

Date and time: Sunday June 2, 2024 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Stone Barn of the Konza Prairie Headquarters

Groups of 10 people will be paired with a guide to hike the 1.5 mile Butterfly Hill trail (easy hike) located in the headquarters
area. You will find up to 50 different blooming wildflowers during this peak time of the spring bloom.

No reservations necessary, just come out!

Proceeds benefit the Friends of Konza Prairie, which works to support the educational program and general operations of
Konza Prairie.

The Stone Barn address is:  140 Konza Prairie Lane, Manhattan, KS

Map Link: https://maps.app.goo.gl/ZEy1hH75KDHHLbq78

Cost: $10/person or free for FOKP members.

Contact: Amy Meng, amymengphoto@gmail.com, 785-473-1359

Link for more information: https://keep.konza.k-state.edu/fokp/index.html

Scott City - KNPS Spring/Summer Board Meeting

Sponsor:  KNPS

The Itinerary is now available for the 2024 KNPS Spring/Summer Board Meeting and Outings – June 7-9 – Scott City area.

Join KNPS Board Members in western Kansas to explore the Shortgrass Prairie and Smoky Hills ecoregions. We will be visiting several geologically and botanically diverse locations on properties managed by the state as well as some private properties that are open to the public. This includes Scott Lake State Park, ranked by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top 50 state parks in the country, as well as Kansas’ newest state park Little Jerusalem Badlands. Battle Canyon and Monument Rocks are great examples of western Kansas shortgrass habitat that are both privately owned open range, but accessible to the public.

Download the Itinerary, plan your travel route and reserve lodging now, and join KNPS to explore native plant communities in the Scott City area. Western Kansas experienced winter and spring rain in 2024, we look forward to glorious color in June.

Cost: Free

Wilson - KNPS Annual Wildflower Weekend

Sponsor:  KNPS

Date and time: Friday September 13 – Sunday September 15, 2024

KNPS will hold its Annual Wildflower Weekend – Membership and Board Meetings in the Wilson area in central KS. 

The Itinerary will be posted here.